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WESLEY CLARK TO ADDRESS BASF Retired Gen. Wesley Clark will address the Bar Association of San Francisco next week as part of BASF’s ongoing presidential candidate series. BASF Executive Director Martha Whetstone said Clark, a Democrat who announced his intention to run last month, will speak to BASF members at the Fairmont Hotel at noon on Friday, Oct. 10. “This is his first campaign trip into the Bay Area, and the bar has him, and that’s a big deal,” Whetstone said. BASF launched its candidate series in April with an address by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt also have spoken. The events are designed to give BASF members and the public an opportunity to hear presidential candidates in person, without paying steep fund-raiser prices. BASF charges $65 to members and $75 to non-members to attend, with the money going to BASF, not to the candidates. — Scott Graham LAW PROFESSORS SUE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PHILADELPHIA — A group of 21 law professors and six students from the University of Pennsylvania Law School filed suit in U.S. district court on Wednesday claiming that the Defense Department threatened to cut off more than $500 million in federal funding to the university if the law school did not begin treating military recruiters the same as other employers. The suit, Burbank v. Rumsfeld, has been assigned to Senior U.S. District Judge John Fullam of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the suit, the students and professors — about half the law school’s faculty — claim that the military’s recent insistence on strict enforcement of the Solomon Amendment has forced the law school to abandon its policy of prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians. The Solomon Amendment, passed in 1996, requires that all institutes of higher education that receive federal funding must allow military recruiters on campus. The suit says Penn Law School established procedures in 1998 designed to comply with the law while at the same time maintaining its anti-discrimination policies. Military recruiters were allowed to contact and interview law students, the suit says, but without direct assistance from the law school. — The Legal Intelligencer

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